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NAAP Mission Statement
To provide excellence in support services to activity
professionals through education, advocacy, technical
assistance, promotion of standards,
fostering of research,
and peer and industry relations.
About NAAP
Founded by Activity Professionals
for Activity Professionals...

NAAP is the only national group that
represents activity professionals in
geriatric settings exclusively. NAAP
serves as a catalyst for both professional
and personal growth and has come to
be recognized by government officials
as the voice of the activity profession on
national issues concerning long-term
care facilities, retirement living, assisted
living, adult day services, and senior
citizen centers. NAAP is nationwide in
scope with a growing membership in
Canada and Bermuda.

The National Association of Activity
Professionals recognizes the following

The quality of life of the
served is the primary reason for our

The strength of NAAP lies in the
diversity of its members.  NAAP
recognizes the rich cultural, and
educational backgrounds of its
members and values the variety of
resources represented.

The strength of NAAP also lies in the
development and promotion of
scientific research which further defines
and supports the activity profession.

NAAP values the development and
maintenance of coalitions with
organizations whose mission is similar to
that of NAAP's for the purposes of
advocacy, research, education, and
promotion of activity services and
activity professionals.

NAAP values members who become
involved at the state and national level
to promote professional standards as
well as encourage employers to
recognize them as professionals.

NAAP affords Activity Professionals
across the country the opportunity to
speak with a common voice...

NAAP successfully worked with
members of Congress to secure a
change in the nursing home reform title
of the 1987 Omnibus Budget
Reconciliation Act (OBRA). Through
our efforts, it became mandatory that an
activity program, directed by a qualified
professional, be provided in every
nursing home that receives Medicare
and/or Medicaid funds.

NAAP was the only professional activity
association to participate in HCFA's
workgroups that revised OBRA's
interpretive guidelines now in effect.

NAAP provides assistance at the state
level to promote certification of activity
professionals, working toward uniform
professional standards for activity
Motivation for the New Year
Debbie R. Bera/ADC
NAAP Public Relations Trustee

Ah, a new year, a fresh start – a chance to reflect on the past, review how far we have
come and seek to improve in this next year.  For many people the New Year brings hope
and happiness, but for others it brings sadness and is a reminder of the hurts, sorrows,
failures, and mistakes of the past.  We cannot control everything that happens to us, but
we can control how we react.  We essentially have two choices each day – to see the glass
as half full or as half empty.  We can decide to have a positive attitude or a negative
attitude.  The difference between being a victim and a survivor is this – if you’re a victim,
you allow things to happen and do nothing.  If you’re a survivor, you take what happened
and you make a change.    We can all be survivors.  We can all bring more success and
happiness into our lives.  We can all choose the positive attitude and we will all be much
happier for it!

We can learn a lot from our children (or grandchildren) about happiness.
Here are a few things:

  • We can “pick happy” – we can choose our mood.  Observe children at play, they
    usually “pick happy”.  Try to remember to be like children and “pick happy” as often
    as you can.
  • We should love generously.  Have you ever played the game, “I love you more” with
    your child?  It goes like this with a discussion back and forth between parent and
    child – “I love you”  “I love you more”  “I love you the most” and so on.   Each time
    professing to love the other more.  The path to happiness is appreciating those you
    love and telling them as often as you can.
  • We all should skip a little.  Children skip because it makes them happy.  It is hard to
    be mad and skip – try it for yourself and see.
  • Turn your to-dos into to-enjoys.  Remember some chores can be pleasures if we
    choose to look at them that way.  Have you ever raked a yard with your small
    children?  They take delight in the crunching of the leaves and jumping into the
    piles.  Take the time to notice the joys in the chores.
  • Redefine success.  Take pleasure in what you have accomplished instead of being
    disappointed by what you haven’t.  Surely you have seen the joy in your child’s eyes
    when he completes something he is proud of?
  • Recapture your childhood bliss.  Remember the look of pure pleasure on your child’
    s face when she was doing something she enjoyed?  Remember to experience
    complete freedom and sheer pleasure in doing what you enjoy doing.
  • Go on impulse.  Remember how it felt to be carefree? (O.K. this one is hard for
    some of us!)  We can again observe this trait in children at play.   They know how to
    be totally carefree in the moment.  So give yourself permission to cut loose and
    enjoy yourself more.
  • Be a best friend.  Observe children with their friends – watch the way they care for
    each other, copy each other and even fight and make up.  Remember to always take
    care of your friendships.
  • Spread joy!  Remember “show and tell” in school?  Remember happiness comes
    from sharing something we love with others.
  • Pursue your passion.  Ever observe a child with a passion for something?  They put
    their heart and soul into it.  Remember to have a passion for something and to
    pursue it in earnest!
  • Savor joy while it lasts.  Remember the joy on a child’s face opening presents on
    their birthday?  They take it all in with great glee.  Remember not to cling to
    moments of perfect joy, just relish them and have faith that more will come.

So forget those New Year’s resolutions (most do not stick anyway) and instead just resolve
to be your best you and do your best.  (I bet those other resolutions will fall into place with
just this one goal.)   Get confident, happy and the life you want.  

Here are some hints to be your best:

  • Figure out what your best looks like.  Get a mental picture of your best self by
    recalling a time when you felt at the top of your game.  Those memories can keep
    you focused on what fulfilling your potential means to you.
  • Picture success.  Write down specific characteristics of what your best self from the
    past looked like.  Than write down how you can develop those parts of yourself that
    you value most.  Once you have a clear vision of what your maximum potential looks
    and feels like, it is easier to create the goals that will get you there.
  • Rewrite your future.  Look for self-defeating behavior patterns you repeat with
    objective curiosity.  (Yes we all have them and as Activity Professionals we should
    be good at finding them.)   Many of these stem from our childhood and carry over
    into our adult life.  These are often our reflex reactions to things.  An example is
    always saying yes to requests even when they are not in our best interest.  (As a
    child we always aimed to please a parent and get attention.)  A better reaction is to
    take a time out to consider it, weigh the pros/cons and decide if it fits in with your
    greater goals.  (How many of us have this self-defeating behavior pattern as Activity
  • Quiet your inner critic.  (Oh that ugly little guy that sits on our shoulder!)   The most
    basic to reaching your maximum potential is the ability to hold yourself in high
    regard.  That inner critic is often our most debilitating factor that prevents us from
    reaching our potential.  Make a commitment to stand by yourself without judgment.  
    Stop berating yourself so you have the freedom to really change and grow.
  • Keep your perspective.  Most of us have something unsettling going on in our lives,
    while other parts are going really well.  Very rarely is everything all good or all bad.  
    (It is hard to remember this when going through a rough patch, as human nature is
    to focus on what is going wrong.)  Gratitude for what is right in your life goes a long
    way toward keeping a healthy perspective on the big picture.
  • Stay connected.  Once you have discovered how to be your best self, the trick is
    staying centered there.  You know you are at your best when you can easily live in
    the moment because you are engaged with what is going on in your life.  You need
    to follow your instincts and do not over analyze decisions.  Take risks that could
    move you ahead in life.  

Being your best self is about always reaching to grow and evolve.  We never really reach
our maximum potential – it’s the process that makes life meaningful.  Strive to be your best
you and to do your best in 2007 and beyond – Happy New Year!

There are so many benefits when you
belong to NAAP!  Each member will
receive a newsletter which will give the
updated reports on Government
Relations, Special Interests,
International Updates, Professional
Development, Nominations, Standards
of Practice, Financial Updates and a
Membership Report. Along with this
comes an update from our President,
Diane Mockbee, and our Executive
Director, Charles Taylor.

Members will also receive a discounted
rate at the Annual Conference which is
held in March/April of each year.

Effective JAN 1, 2006 membership dues
Active Membership = $75 US dollars
Associate Membership = $65 US dollars
International Membership (outside US)
= $65 USD
Student Membership = $55 US dollars
Supportive Membership = $99 US

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